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Real User
Lead solution architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Sep 07 2016

What is most valuable?

DIY, Goals, Erasure Core, relability, easy to scale-out, snapshots. Becase we have a commercial support skytechnology has also implemented additional functionalities: - possibility to export data to more than one (default) non-routable networks using native client (lizardfs-client). It is not… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Providing relatively cheap NAS solution with great scale-out functionality.

What needs improvement?

Management console - today it is managed via scripts and flat files which need to be synchronized among all master/shadow nodes in a cluster. There are severall possible problems in such approach: - it is possible to 'damage' config by mistake - it is required to copy modified config file to other… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Yes - glusterfs
Real User
Senior Consultant IT Infrastructure at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Aug 23 2016

What is most valuable?

LizardFS allows storing data across several nodes (which run on commodity hardware, even inside virtual machines) and also has a built-in HA mechanism. This works very… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have been running LizardFS for a while now, but only inside a testing environment. It will be deployed to production soon and it will help to make specific files… more»

What needs improvement?

Well, if you don't have a support contract and therefore don't have acess to the automated failover mechanism, you need to build it yourself. This can be achieved by using… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Forget the prize, it is worth it.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I was using GlusterFS for months (only inside test environments), but it turned out that under our specific load scenario, GlusterFS will fail. We had issues with file… more»

What other advice do I have?

Make sure to test LizardFS under real-world workloads and have a look if it works well enough for your needs. So far, I found it to be the best distributed storage… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

GlusterFS, MooseFS and many others - all failed our tests because the way they are designed or because of bugs. In addition, we also had a look at Ceph (which is an object… more»

What is LizardFS?

Software Defined Storage LizardFS is a distributed, scalable, fault-tolerant and highly available file system. It allows users to combine disk space located on many servers into a single name space which is visible on Unix-like and Windows systems in the same way as other file systems. SDS LizardFS makes files secure by keeping all the data in many replicas spread over available servers. It can be used also to build an affordable storage, because it runs without any problems on commodity hardware. Disk and server failures are handled transparently without any downtime or loss of data. If storage requirements grow, it's possible to scale an existing SDS LizardFS installation just by adding new servers _ at any time, without any downtime. The system will automatically move some data to newly added servers, because it continuously takes care of balancing disk usage across all connected nodes. Removing servers is as easy as adding a new one.
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